#BrunchWeek: English Muffins

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

I think every foodie, blogger or not, has a culinary bucket list. Those dishes they hope to master or those that seem too difficult to possibly be made at home.

For me, a lot of those items happen to involve yeast.

So what better push did I have than when Red Star Yeast signed up as a #BrunchWeek sponsor?! I narrowed my #BrunchWeek menu item down to bagels or English muffins.

English muffins won out, simply because I’d just finished my last store bought muffin and I have 3 bags of store bought bagels in the freezer (not because I keep forgetting they’re in there or anything…).

English Muffins for #BrunchWeek from Sew You Think You Can Cook (1)

Luckily, I have a friend who is a whiz at working with yeast. Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories. She had a few options of English muffins on her blog and I sent her a message with a couple of questions and reassurance.

You guys. I don’t know why I was so afraid of making English muffins! They were simple! It is important to note that the process is made easier if you own a griddle and a kitchen scale. And let me tell you, they were fantastically delicious. The dozen or so muffins didn’t last more than 3 days in my house. They’re particularly tasty with some peach jam from the farmer’s market.

English Muffins

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine all the ingredients, except the cornmeal. Beat the dough at medium-high speed for five minutes, until the dough releases from the bowl and is smooth and shiny.
  2. Scrape the sides of the bowl and cover. Place in a warm corner of the kitchen (I use my microwave) for 1-2 hours, until the dough rises and is very puffy.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Sprinkle griddle with cornmeal.
  5. Turn dough out onto a large cutting board or smooth counter top. Have a bowl of water nearby.
  6. Divide dough into 16 balls, using a wet bench scraper and wet hands. Flatten the balls a little bit until they resemble English muffins. Place on the prepared griddle one inch apart. Sprinkle the tops with more cornmeal. Cover with parchment paper and let the dough rise for 20 minutes.
  7. Turn on the griddle to 325 degrees F. Cook 7-15 minutes on each side. Place a baking sheet on top of the muffins if they puff too much.
  8. Place the muffins on a baking sheet and bake 10 minutes, until an internal temperature of 200 degrees F is reached. Cool muffins on a cooling rack.

*This recipe is adapted from Karen at http://www.karenskitchenstories.com/2013/05/english-muffins-avid-bakers-challenge.html*

English Muffins for #BrunchWeek from Sew You Think You Can Cook (2)

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out these other great brunch recipes:

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BrunchWeek Beverages:

Apple Berry Smoothie from The Nifty Foodie
Apple Brunch Punch from Cooking With Carlee

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:

Apple Danish Braid from The Redhead Baker
Berry & Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Citrus-Apple-Berry Compote from Sweet Beginnings
Breakfast Empanadas from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Buckwheat and Pepper Jack Waffles from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby from Palatable Pastime
Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bake from The Chef Next Door
English Muffins from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Iced Berry Breakfast Braid from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Raspberry Sweet Rolls from Cookaholic Wife
The Best Yeasted Wafffles from The Barbee Housewife

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:

Asparagus Pizza from Feeding Big
Asparagus, Egg & Prosciutto Brunch Pizza from Love and Confections
Seriously Sharp Grilled Cheese with Gazpacho Shooters from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:

Green Bean and Potato Salad from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Individual Swiss and Asparagus Tarts from Family Around the Table
Mesclun Salad with Grilled Asparagus & Raspberries from Hardly A Goddess
Sweet Potato Hash from Brunch-n-Bites

BrunchWeek Desserts:

Mini Rustic Apple Pies from Forking Up

Disclaimer: Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Red Star Yeast, Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Nielsen-Massey, Rainier Fruit, and Michigan Asparagus for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The #BrunchWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Six winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #BrunchWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social channel mentioned in the #Brunchweek posts or entry.

#BrunchWeek: Put an Egg on It Mac and Cheese

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

I am so excited to be back with #BrunchWeek this year. I had to sit out last year’s as we didn’t have an address in time. And then we didn’t even have internet access until June!

Shortly before my #BrunchWeek cooking started, I watched Food Network’s The Kitchen breakfast episode. The very first recipe of the show was macaroni and cheese made for breakfast by Katie Lee.

Put an Egg on it Mac and Cheese | Sew You Think You Can Cook

With Cabot Cheese being a sponsor again I knew I had to give this comforting dish a try! I mean, what better way to showcase incredible cheese than in mac and cheese!? The only question was which flavor…

Cabot generously sent us 5 amazing flavors: Hot Habanero, Pepper Jack, Alpine Cheddar, Vermont Sharp, and Seriously Sharp.

With the hopes that my kids would try some pasta, I knew hot habanero and pepperjack were out. At first taste of the Vermont Sharp, I knew I had a winner; this cheese was just screaming to be paired with pasta.

IMG_6813I used breakfast sausage in my mac and cheese to really play up the breakfast side of the dish. But what really makes this the perfect brunch meal are the eggs added to the top of the casserole!

Instead of making one large casserole of mac and cheese, I divided the pasta mixture into two 9″ x 11″ dishes. Before topping it with the eggs and panko, I covered one and stuck it my freezer for a later date.

Put an Egg on it Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter, divided use
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 8 oz breakfast sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 C whole milk
  • 1 block (8 oz) Cabot Vermont Sharp cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 C panko
  • 8 eggs

Steps:

  1. Cook macaroni in a pot of boiling salted water two minutes shorter than package instructions.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large casserole dish, or two small casserole dishes.
  3. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute onion and bell peppers until tender. Add in the cooked sausage. Stir in the milk and bring to a simmer. Add in the shredded cheese a handful at a time until melted. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted. Stir in in the cooked pasta until evenly distributed.
  4. Pour macaroni and cheese into prepared casserole dishes.
  5. In a small skillet, melt the remaining butter. Toast the panko until golden.
  6. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, create wells in the top of the casserole. (Note: Spray the bottom of the measuring cup with nonstick spray to make it easier!) Crack eggs into those wells. Season eggs with S+P. Top entire casserole with toasted panko.
  7. Bake until egg whites are set and yolks are set to desired “runny-ness,” 12-18 minutes.

*This recipe is adapted from Katie Lee at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/katie-lee/breakfast-mac-and-cheese*

Put an Egg on it Mac and Cheese for #BrunchWeek from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out these other great brunch recipes:

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BrunchWeek Beverages:

Homemade Orange Julius from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Kimchi Bloody Mary from kimchi MOM
Mimosa Bar from Love and Confections

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:

Asparagus & Pancetta Frittata from The Chef Next Door
Breakfast Burritos from Books n’ Cooks
Chilaquiles from The Redhead Baker
Coddled Eggs with Bacon and Cheddar from Family Around the Table
Eggs Benedict Breakfast Tacos from The Spiffy Cookie
Parmesan Polenta Brunch Bowl with Asparagus and Sausage from Cooking with Carlee
Put an Egg on it Mac and Cheese from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Smashed Sweet Potato Rosti with Butter Poached Egg from Nik Snacks
Smoked Eggs over Asparagus from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Spinach Baked Eggs with Habanero Cheddar from Sweet Beginnings

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:

Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread from Pink Cake Plate
Apple Crumble Bread from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Apple, Sausage & Cheddar Oven Pancake from Wholistic Woman
Cheddar Asparagus Breakfast Tarts from It Bakes Me Happy
Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal from Big Bear’s Wife
Cinnamon Roll Pizza from Palatable Pastime
Best Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
English Raisin Scones with Apple Jam from The Crumby Cupcake
Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls from Gluten Free Crumbley
Strawberry Lemonade Muffins from An Edible Mosaic
Strawberry Rolls with Orange Icing from The Nifty Foodie
Tiramisu French Toast from Brunch-n-Bites
Twisted Star Cinnamon Rolls from Amy’s Cooking Adventures

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:

Biscuits and Gravy Bubble Up from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Cheesy Bacon Chile Rellenos from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Country Fried Steak & Eggs with Habanero Cheddar Gravy from Forking Up
Homemade Chicken Sausage & Egg Stromboli from Hardly a Goddess
Spinach, Artichoke and Asparagus Strata from Cooking in Stilettos
Ultimate Cheddar Grits Bowl from The Barbee Housewife
Veggie Loaded Breakfast Enchiladas from Sarcastic Cooking

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:

Apple and Creamy Ricotta Crepes from From Gate to Plate
Apple Cheddar Bites with Honey and Pepper from Feeding Big
Spring Asparagus Salad from Girl Abroad
Sweet Pea Sipper from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Thai Asparagus Slaw from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

BrunchWeek Desserts:

Baltimore Peach Cake from Cookaholic Wife
Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake from My Catholic Kitchen

Disclaimer: Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Red Star Yeast, Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Nielsen-Massey, Rainier Fruit, and Michigan Asparagus for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The #BrunchWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Six winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #BrunchWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social channel mentioned in the #Brunchweek posts or entry.

#BrunchWeek: The Giveaway 2017

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Welcome to the fifth annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. We are so excited to have you join us this year as we celebrate Brunch and prepare for Mother’s Day.

Forty Bloggers from around the North America will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to cakes, danish, tarts, and pizzas – with 170 recipes, there is something for everyone! Our amazing Sponsors have donated some great prizes for the #BrunchWeek giveaway. Thank you so much, Sponsors, for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!


Prize #1 Red Star Yeast is giving one winner an amazing baking set, which includes “I Knead to be Loaved” apron, French rolling pin, Bench/Dough cutter, Oven mitt, Dough scraper, Bamboo spatula, Silicone spatula, Measuring spoons, Kitchen towel, 6 3-strips of Red Star Yeast, Red Star Yeast recipe book, Kansas Wheat Commission recipe book

For more than a century, home bakers have trusted the high quality and consistent performance of RED STAR Yeast. Inspiring bakers from novice to professional, our goal is your baking success! Visit redstaryeast.com for hundreds of tried & true recipes, baking tips and how-to videos. Better yeast. Better bread. Every time.

Prize #2 Dixie Crystals is giving one winner 1 case of 2-lb Extra Fine Granulated Sugar, a silicone baking mat, White Marble Pastry Board and Marble Rolling Pin, and Dixie Crystals red ruffle apron.

Since 1917, Dixie Crystals® has been the South’s choice for high-quality sugar and sweeteners. Our pure cane sugar products are all natural, non-GMO and provide consistently delicious results.

Prize #3 Cabot Creamery Coop is giving one winner $50 assortment of Cabot Cheese, one Berghoff Cheese Knife and one Slate Cheese Board

Cabot is a co-operative owned by 1,100 dairy farm families throughout New England & New York. In our farmers’ communities, they are often the ones to volunteer first. We honor their community spirit with our Reward Volunteers program. Learn more & start logging your volunteer hours today! www.RewardVolunteers.coop

Prize #4 Nielsen-Massey Fine Vanillas & Flavors is giving one winner a set of their pure flavors: 2-oz each of Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, Almond, Chocolate, Coffee, Rose Water, and Orange Blossom Water.

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has been crafting the world’s finest vanillas and flavors since 1907. Each of Nielsen-Massey’s all-nature pure flavors are crafted with premium ingredients, sourced from around the world and chosen to meet the utmost quality standards. From lemon to peppermint to coffee or chocolate, Nielsen-Massey’s pure flavors offer convenience, quality and consistency to ensure your favorite recipes taste delicious every single time. All products are gluten-free, allergen-free, GMO-free, all-natural and Kosher.

Prize #5 Michigan Asparagus is giving one winner an Asparagus Steamer Pot with $40 gift card to Williams Sonoma and a box of fresh Michigan Asparagus

Fresh asparagus is the taste of spring and Michigan is one of the largest domestic asparagus growers in the U.S. Michigan Asparagus is available mid-May through June and is the only hand snapped harvested asparagus which means more usable asparagus and less waste.

Prize #6 Rainier Fruit is giving one winner a set of 3 stoneware pie plates with $40 Williams-Sonoma gift card and a box of fresh Lady Alice apples.

If you love apples, pears, cherries and blueberries than Rainier Fruit is the fruit brand for year. Nestled in the shadow of Mount Rainier, we focus on growing fruits and living a lifestyle that is Wholesome to the Core and brings you the best of organic and conventional grown fruit including our proprietary Lady Alice apples and all your other favorites like Honeycrisp and more.

The Giveaway:

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Disclaimer: Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Red Star Yeast, Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Nielsen-Massey, Rainier Fruit, and Michigan Asparagus for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The #BrunchWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Six winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #BrunchWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social channel mentioned in the #Brunchweek posts or entry.

#SundaySupper: Summer Dinner Salad Recipes

When my mom was here in April, I asked her if there was anything in particular she wanted for dinners during her visit.

Her answer, not surprisingly, was “something light!”

My brother and his wife recently bought a house in my parents’ neighborhood and are doing some remodeling. While the construction is taking place, they’re living with my parents.

My dad travels a lot for his job so my mom doesn’t tend to cook much when he’s gone. Simple salads, high protein snacks, and lots of fruits and veggies are usually enough.

My brother and sister-in-law do cook, and enjoy doing so. (From what I hear I’m going to be insanely jealous of the kitchen they’ll have once their first home is complete.) The food they cook is delicious, too! But the diet change had her craving “something light.”

“Something light” isn’t usually in my wheel house, so I took to Pinterest hoping to find something in my long list of saved pins to satisfy. I sent Mom a link for a Superfoods Salad and was met with a resounding “yes, please!”

If you’re feeling the tug to healthier eating as the summer draws near, be sure to scroll past my recipe for some more great dinner salad options from the Sunday Supper crew.

Kale Superfoods Salad for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook

This salad was so fantastic, that I made it again the following week when my in-laws were visiting! Even my “meat and potatoes” father-in-law enjoyed the salad.

I know I’ll be making the salad again. It’s satisfying and filling without leaving you feeling weighed down. As a salad with a bunch of ingredients, it’s easy to assemble. Particularly if you have some leftover quinoa in the fridge already! Because kale is a hearty green, the salad will keep in an air tight container in the refrigerator up to a week.

Kale Superfoods Salad for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook (2)When my in-laws were here we cooked up some chicken and had pita bread, too. I forgot the Greek yogurt/sour cream in the dressing the second time around and it works just beautifully. Literally. While I preferred the touch of creaminess to the dressing it’s not necessary, and does make for a more photogenic salad.

The recipe below feeds 2-3 people. (I tripled it to serve a party of 5, which was an over estimation.)

Kale Superfoods Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C frozen edamame, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1/2 bunch kale, stems removed and torn
  • 1/2 C cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 C blueberries
  • 1/2 C red grapes, halved
  • 1/2 C dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • 1/3 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 C sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 C walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 C orange juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp sour cream or Greek yogurt

Steps:

  1. Toss kale, quinoa, edamame, fruits, cheese, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
  2. Make the dressing: Whisk together the orange juice, olive oil, garlic, sugar, and Greek yogurt/sour cream in a small bowl. Season to taste with S+P.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad and carefully toss to evenly coat.

*This recipe is adapted from Averie at https://www.averiecooks.com/2016/06/twelve-superfoods-salad.html*

Kale Superfoods Salad for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook (3)

Sunday Supper Summer Dinner Salad Recipes

Brilliant Beef Salads

Choice Chicken Salads

Superb Seafood Salads

Vibrant Veggie Salads

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

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Burnt Honey Ice Cream

There are some days being a military family is just plain hard.

Burnt Honey Ice Cream | Sew You Think You Can Cook (1)

And really, we haven’t dealt with the hardest of experiences as my husband hasn’t deployed in his 7 years active duty. But comparing experiences and hardships doesn’t help anybody.

Not having been “in theater” is something my husband thinks about quite often. There’s a pull in him to serve and protect, and yet I know he’s thankful not to have missed out on any of our children’s milestones to date. But there’s an almost guilt he feels when someone, seeing him in uniform, thanks him for his service.

This past year, my Facebook world has been teeming with families separated due to deployments. And I, too, feel that pull. The guilt when I complain that life might be just a little too hard, that my husband has to travel 3-4 days a month. But it’s not fair to me to belittle my experiences either. Everyone is dealing with something and that something, no matter how “small or insignificant” it may seem to an outsider doesn’t mean it’s not the world to the person in the moment.

The hardest part that just about every military family can relate to is being far from family and friends.

We just had a fabulous week with my in-laws who came all the way out to California from Alabama to spend their vacation time. My husband even took the week off to make it an incredible “stay-cation.” We went to Disneyland for the first time, checked out the Aquarium of the Pacific, and went to an LA Galaxy game. Of course Tilly brought some crafts to do with the boys and we set up a garden! Our front step is now the home to some beautiful orange and blue flowers, and my balcony is a pot garden with strawberries, tomatoes, and herbs. Here’s to hoping I don’t kill everything!

With every move we have to say goodbye to friends we made at that duty station. Those goodbyes are hardest when the friends we’ve made are civilians who aren’t moving somewhere new, too.

I think there’s an understand among military friends that, yep, we’re moving again, but the military is small, we’ll see each other again.

Today’s post is about one of those friends. I’ve talked, countless times, about Tara of Tara’s Multicultural Table. I’ve known Tara for almost 8 years. Our husbands attended ROTC together and we were stationed in the FL panhandle together. We’re godparents to each others children and constantly keep in touch even though we moved to OH and they moved to DC in 2014. Then we came to CA and they should hopefully be joining us next year. Trust me, these next 12 months are going to be a combination of excitement and fear my hopes coming down crashing.

The recipe I’m sharing today is one that Tara made when we were visiting two years ago over Memorial weekend. It was so intriguing, I just had to make it myself. The burnt honey flavor is strong and a great compliment to a baked apple dish. I suggest using a sweet honey, and one that you like.

Burnt Honey Ice Cream | Sew You Think You Can Cook (2)

Burnt Honey Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C honey
  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 C cold crème fraiche
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt

Steps:

  1. Heat honey in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the foam that forms reduces and the honey becomes amber in color, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. In another saucepan, heat the heavy cream and milk over medium heat until warmed through; do not boil. Slowly add the cream to the darkened honey 1/2 C at a time, whisking continuously. When it comes back to a simmer, remove from the heat.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Pour the honey mixture into the eggs 1/4 C at a time, whisking continuously. When the egg mixture is warmed through and thin, slowly pour it back into the saucepan, still whisking continuously. Heat the ice cream base over medium-low heat, stirring often, until it coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour the ice cream base through a mesh strainer into a large bowl. Stir in the crème fraiche and salt. Place the bowl into an ice bath, being careful not to let any ice water into the ice cream. When the mixture reaches room temperature, cover, and refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours.
  5. Pour chilled ice cream base into an ice cream  maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

*This recipe is adapted from Tara at http://tarasmulticulturaltable.com/mourad-new-moroccan-cookbook-review-and-burnt-honey-ice-cream/*

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#SundaySupper: Easy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Mexican food used to be the most frequently made (and blogged about) cuisine in my house. And, while it still is, I haven’t been very creative with it as of late and our “Mexican Mondays” have definitely become a thing of the past. Now we just have Mexican food whenever the refrigerator ingredients dictate it and it’s usually a method for using up leftovers.

That being said, Mexican is usually a safe bet for our kids, too. They {usually} like beans of any kind, are more likely to eat ground meat instead of sliced or shredded, and of course, cheese.

I don’t often think of side dishes when it comes to preparing Mexican food, but today I have for you a very simple Black Bean Cilantro Rice that is prepared in one pot!

Making this dish was the first time I successfully made rice without a rice cooker. I’m tempted to even call it fool-proof!

I served this rice on a Friday during Lent alongside some quick pan fried fish. It would compliment pork quite nicely, too.

IMG_2833After declaring he didn’t like it, Firecracker finally tried some of the rice, and ended up asking for seconds! I was surprised Treat wouldn’t eat it, though he did help me with some food styling.

Thank you to Shelby of Grumpy’s Honeybunch for hosting today’s event. Be sure to scroll past my recipe for more great, easy idea for you Cinco de Mayo fiesta.

Black Bean Cilantro Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 C minced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 C Jasmine rice
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 C vegetable stock
  • 1 can (14 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 C fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice 1-2 limes

Steps:

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onions until translucent, add the garlic and cook another 30 seconds. Add the rice, onion  powder, cumin, and salt. Stir 30 seconds to evenly coat the rice. Add the stock and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat for 10 minutes before stirring in the cilantro and lime juice.

*This recipe is adapted from Kelly at http://www.mountainmamacooks.com/2017/03/one-pot-black-beans-cilantro-lime-rice/*

Black Bean Cilantro Rice for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Thursday Thoughts #21

Thursday Thoughts

My mom has been dying to do the “touristy” things ever since we moved out to SoCal one year ago.

The idea of driving around to look at famous people’s homes on a giant bus doesn’t appeal to me too much, but I’ll do it with her eventually. Before we leave this duty station anyway.

Update: I’ve been corrected. Mom wants to do a Studio Tour, not a bus tour. (Phew!) I don’t think kids are allowed on studio tours so that will be logistically more challenging to arrange. 

Seeing the Hollywood Stars might be kinda cool, if it weren’t just so darn crowded, and from what I hear, dirty. But again, I’ll make that trek with her. Maybe the next visit, Mom.

Seeing the Hollywood sign was a little more doable and an excursion I was simply waiting for the right time to do it. I did a tiny bit of research and asked a couple of friends if they’d gone with children.

So when my mom was here last week, off we went to Griffith Observatory to catch a glimpse of the iconic Hollywood sign.

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Finding information about the sign was easy. A quick browser search came up with this incredible website where we found great information regarding trail options based on your difficulty desire.

Reading that the trails run through snake territory, I knew that I wanted to be in long pants (in addition to closed toed shoes). My mind had me picturing narrow trails with a lot of foliage where snakes could take shelter.

Maybe the more strenuous paths would be that way, but the easy path we took at the Charlie Turner Trailhead was fairly smooth and quite wide. Strollers would have been easy enough to use on the path, too. A bit of a push uphill, but definitely doable.

There’s zero shade on the trails so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, water, and hats.

But wait, Lauren, your kids aren’t wearing hats in any of these pictures!

You’re right, they’re not. Both of my boys have hated hats since the beginning of their time. We swore when Treat came around we would get him to like hats being a winter baby in Ohio. No such luck. There might be hope in our future though! We gave them baseball caps at the LA Galaxy game last weekend and Firecracker liked it and Treat was iffy on it, but it did last longer than any other thing that’d been placed on his head in the previous 17 months!

I am quite glad I took the opportunity to check out the Hollywood sign this spring. I couldn’t imagine doing this hike in the summer. At least not with little children. I immediately regretted putting them in pants.

IMG_3085We spent about two hours on the trail. We didn’t get too far in that first hour going at the pace of a 17 month old, but we did make it to a great viewing area before turning around.

The kids were a little bit all over the place. Want to know how to get kids to keep moving when all they want to do is play in the dirt? Goldfish!

IMG_3114We had packed a lunch and enjoyed it at the Berlin Forest. An area with a few trees providing shade and a couple of picnic tables and benches. As it’s near the start of the trail, we left the “picnic basket” in the car and it was simple enough for my mom to get some “extra steps” down to the car to bring up our lunch (and the stroller!).

Mentioning the car brings me to my next point.

Parking.

The website I referenced earlier stated that parking at the observatory was free. Maybe it was at one point, but it isn’t still. It costs $4/hr and you have to pre-pay.

There’s plenty of free parking available further down the mountain, but as we really weren’t sure where we were going we opted for convenience. With the kids, it was definitely a good idea!

The parking lot as a splendid view of the sign, so if that’s all you’re really after, just do a drive by. (See the first photo of this post.)

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